How to Use a Moen Faucet Cartridge Puller

A Moen faucet
  • 01 of 05

    Make Replacement Easy With a Moen Cartridge Puller

    Moen cartridge puller
    Aaron Stickley

    The most common repair for a cartridge-style shower, bathtub or sink faucet to remove and replace the cartridge insert. It's a job you may be able to do relatively easily—or it can be annoyingly difficult if you find that the cartridge is stuck in place. 

    With Moen-brand faucets, though, the manufacturer simplifies the task by offering a simple cartridge-puller tool, specially designed to remove cartridges from Moen valves. It is very useful for repairing a Moen shower valve, as well as for other types of faucets. 

    The particular cartridge puller used in our demonstration can be used in 1200, 1222, and 1225 Moen cartridges. The ​T-Handle Moen Cartridge Puller can be used for the 1200 or 1225 cartridges.

    Tools and Materials You Will Need

    • Screwdrivers
    • Needle-nose pliers
    • Moen cartridge puller (make sure it is the correct style for your faucet)
    • Replacement faucet cartridge
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  • 02 of 05

    Step 1: Remove The Cartridge Clip

    A cartridge clip being removed
    Aaron Stickley

    After shutting off the water, you will need to remove the handle and trim to expose the valve. This is usually a simple matter of popping off the handle cap and unscrewing the mounting screw beneath to free the handle. The escutcheon trim plate may be mounted with screws, as well. 

    Once the body of the faucet is exposed, use a pair of needle-nose pliers to remove the clip that holds the cartridge in place. Be careful to keep a good hold on the clip, so it does not fall into the wall cavity. This clip will be reused when the new cartridge is installed.

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  • 03 of 05

    Step 2: Attach the Cartridge Puller

    A Moen cartridge puller in place
    Aaron Stickley

    Now you can attach the Moen cartridge puller to the cartridge.

    1. First, make sure the screw and body nut are completely extended. The screw will be used to secure the cartridge puller to the cartridge.
    2. Push the cartridge puller tight against the cartridge. It will sit snugly on the end of the cartridge when you match up the two grooves with the end of the cartridge.
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  • 04 of 05

    Step 3: Secure the Cartridge Puller

    Tightened Moen cartridge puller
    Aaron Stickley

    Next, you need to secure the Moen cartridge puller in place. Use a screwdriver to tighten the top screw all the way in. It should go down completely, as long as the puller is properly aligned on the cartridge. The puller is designed to make use of the same threaded screw opening that the faucet handle was attached to. 

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  • 05 of 05

    Step 4: Remove the Cartridge

    Removing a Moen cartridge with puller
    Aaron Stickley

    Now that the Moen cartridge puller is attached, you can remove the cartridge.

    Hold on to the handle and twist the puller back and forth, clockwise and counterclockwise, as you pull. Continue the back and forth motion until the cartridge pulls out of the valve body.

    Note: This valve, a 1222 Posi-temp shower valve, did not require the use of the large body nut on the cartridge puller. When removing a 1200 or 1225 cartridge, you will need to use the body nut.

    Now you are ready to move on to replacing the Moen cartridge.